The Thursday Preview: Stevenage Vs Chesterfield
Asked in August to preview Chesterfield’s forthcoming League 2 campaign, I highlighted the lack of support for Jack Lester during last season as an area of concern for manager John Sheridan. That particular problem seems to have been rectified: the polish hasn’t yet worn off the Spireites’ new abode and it has already staged a 4-3 victory over Shrewsbury and a 5-5 draw with a resurgent Crewe. Unsurprisingly, the rising tide of goals has swelled the numbers clicking through the turnstiles, and an optimism absent in recent years has taken hold. On the pitch, Lester’s shoulders have been spared the usual heavy burden by some summer recruits, with 9 goals from unlikely British export Craig Davies going some way to restoring a reputation tarnished by brief, doomed dalliances with several League clubs in recent years. However, those of a incurably pessimistic nature will have changed tack, and noted a relatively high number in the ‘goals against’ column of the early league table. A three-point gap between the occupants of the summit and those following behind will provide little comfort should the goals dry up.